Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also butterfly gardens along the coast.
Ecological Restoration Notes:
A common element of beach dunes and coastal strand nearly throughout coastal South Florida.
Grown by enthusiasts.
Small scrambling herb.
Typically 3-12 inches in height or higher, climbing over the ground or other vegetation and forming large patches.
Monroe County Keys north along the coasts to Brevard and Manatee counties; West Indies (where possibly introduced in part), southern Mexico, Central America and South America.
Coastal beaches, thickets, and hammock edges.
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with or without humusy top layer.
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Frontline; grows in direct salt wind but away from constant salt spray.
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Full sun to light shade.
All year; peak spring-summer.
Inconspicuous utricle. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for cassius blue (Leptotes cassius), great southern white (Ascia monuste), long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus) and other butterflies.
Can be grown from cuttings.
This is much more common in South Florida than seaside joyweed (A. maritima), which does not have stalked flowering clusters.
Roger L. Hammer
Gann, G.D., M.E. Abdo, J.W. Gann, G.D. Gann, Sr., S.W.
Woodmansee, K.A. Bradley, E. Grahl and K.N. Hines. 2005-2016. Natives For Your Neighborhood. http://www.regionalconservation.org.
The Institute for Regional Conservation. Delray Beach, Florida USA.